Explore Independent Cambridge: 12a Club


With the help of Independent Cambridge - the definitive guide to ‘real’ Cambridge - Cambridge Network continues its weekly exploration of the best independent shops, cafés, restaurants, venues and events in Cambridge and the surrounding area. This week: the stylish and inviting 12a Club.

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Subtly-signed off the busy central market square, 12a Club is a private members’ club offering friendly, knowledgeable, attentive service in very elegant and relaxed surroundings. The whole ambience is that of the prohibition era speakeasy – you feel transported from the real world outside in to a relaxed but exclusive setting (just think Gatsby!).

The main lounge and bar area are decorated 20s style with large leather booths beckoning you invitingly. The bar itself is immense and the cellar incredibly well-stocked.
Staircases lead off the main bar to the Red Room (small and intimate and perfect for an important meeting or a quiet drink with old friends) and the Purple Room (larger and fully-equipped with audio visual kits for presentations, training sessions or workshops).

With the added bonus of wi-fi, daily papers and great coffee, the Club is a very special ‘office away from the office.’

It’s not all about work though. Its central location makes it a great place to rest during a major (indie) shopping-spree, with food to keep you fully-charged in the form of the best cheeses and charcuterie, antipasti and nibbles and hand-prepared canapés. 12a Club is also a sought-after venue for events from wine tastings to jazz evenings and cocktail workshops to fashion shows.   

12a Club
12a Market Hill
Cambridge CB2 3NJ
01223 350106


Discover unique boutiques and boutique hotels mingled with communities of artists and craftspeople. Sample an award-winning restaurant or thriving little café tucked away in a back street – all easy to locate with the 200 page full-colour Independent Cambridge guide.   

Handily presented with a map and an index at the beginning of each section, this book is the indispensable key to finding out what’s on offer from the independents of Cambridge. Get your copy from Waterstones, Heffers, many of the independent shops or online at www.independent-cambridge.co.uk


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